I n s i d e At t i c a U M C Attica United Methodist Church
Volume 1, Issue 9
Wo r s h i p P r e p "You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."
doesn't’ quite work for you, be thankful that it is probably really a song or prayer doesn’t quite work for you, be thankful that it is probably really resonating with someone who is different from you, and offer a sacrifice of praise. (from the book of Common Prayer)
There is an old saying many Christians use: “Offer the Lord a sacrifice of praise,” referring to Hebrews 13:15. In many circles this notion of a sacrifice of praise” almost becomes cliché. (Perhaps because worship does not often come at much cost, especially compared with the sacrifices of saints who’ve gone before us.) But when we worship with folks of various traditions, there are times when we may hear a prayer that uses language we might not naturally use or sing a song that isn’t really our style. That is part of what it means to be a member of a community as diverse as the church is. And, perhaps that also helps shed some light on why it might require some sacrifice for us to give up ourselves. When a song isn’t working for you, consider praising God, because that probably means it is working for someone else who is very different from you. Offer your worship as a sacrifice rather than requiring others to sacrifice for your pleasure or contentment. There is something to the notion of becoming one as God is one; it doesn’t mean that we are the same; it just means that we are united by one Spirit. After all, we can become one only if there are many of us to begin with. Liturgy puts a brake on narcissism. Certainly, there is something beautiful about contemporary worship, where we can take old things and add a little spice to them, like singing hymns to rock tunes or reciting creeds as spoken word rhymes. But liturgy protects us from simply making worship into a self-pleasing act. So if a song or prayer
Scripture Readings September 9—Psalm 8: Philippians 2:1-8; Mark 10:41-45 September 16—Jeremiah 4:23-28; Psalm 19:1-6; Philippians 2:14-18 September 23—Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 48:111; Romans 8:28-39 September 30—Mark 9:38-50
In this issue: Walk for Alzheimers
Birthdays & Anniversary’s, Recipe of the
Most of us are not living with daily violent persecution, but we do face challenging situations in our lives. In my opinion, our church has been confronted with our share of suffering, in the last thirteen months. Early one morning a couple of weeks ago, I can across the following words about the serious business of following our Lord, and our response to suffering. “Following Christ is serious business. Jesus tells us in John’s Gospel that the grain of wheat has to die before it can bring forth new life. He invites all of us who serve him to follow him in sacrifice. If we do, he says, we will receive honor from the father. But suffering and dying and being transformed are not easy. St. Paul develops the image. Whoever sows sparingly reaps sparingly. He encourages us to sow bountifully and cheerfully, so that we can reap an avundant harvest. The stories about St. Lawrence give us an example of cheerful giving. When confronted with suffering, we can respond with anger or sorrow.. Or we can laugh. Laughter is better medicine that gnashing of teeth. But it takes a lot of confidence in God to face suffering with a smile. We have all known cheerful givers. These are people who face the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of daily life without losing heart. They usually have a quip or a word of wisdom, no matter what the difficulty. They exhibit serenity amid chaos. They usually concentrate on comforting others, rather than drawing attention to their own woes. People like this are usually quick to laugh. They are able to see the funny side of things. They do not take themselves too seriously. And they usually have a great sense of God’s will operating in their lives. How do they do it? They are close friends of God. And they must know that God laughs a lot too.” I bid you peace. Michael
Month Pie-Eating Contest, Jam n’ Bread
Sharing Kitchen Reflecting on our Faith
United Methodist Women
Walk for Alzheimer’s
Submitted by Marilyn Hornett.
September 22, 2012
Alzheimer’s is the sixthleading cause of death in the United States today. To help end this epidemic, I’m participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s TM, an event that raises funds and awareness to fight this devastating disease.
The UMW would like to thank all the extra help with the Senior Citizen luncheon on August 16th. With many of our usual kitchen crew unable to be there, we recruited help from faithful church members. This was a special meeting for the seniors. Even the kitchen crew enjoyed the program.
AWESOME PROOF OF GOD’S EXISTENCE I want to share an amazing moment. Saturday August 11th was cool and cloudy all day. In the early evening I was talking on my cell phone with Marty. I had walked from the
Since 1989, walkers and donors have raised $389 million for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. My team hopes to raise at least [amount] to help support this cause. We need your help!
kitchen to my living room and noticed rain streaming down the window. I said “Oh it’s raining” And at that moment the sun came out and was really bright. I told Marty, “there has to be a rainbow, I am going outside”. As I stepped off my porch I saw the most brilliant double rainbow I have ever seen. I just screamed “Oh my God”! “Can you see this”? In my excitement I just raced for my camera and started yelling for the neighbors to come outside and look at this. It was absolutely breathtaking! Poor Marty! Her ear probably still hurts. I don’t know if we even finished our conversation. If anyone ever needed proof of God’s existence this was it. Submitted by Marilyn Hornett
After the walk, enjoy a FREE lunch and raffle drawing. This entire event will take only 1-2 hours of your day. This is a great way to reach out and support our families and friends affected by this disease and be part of the cure. Walk with us on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin. Registration starts at 9:30 and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. You can donate by going to the church website at www.atticaumc.com. The end of Alzheimer’s starts here – with a gift from you. Together, we can make a difference!
Remember those in prayer or with correspondence., those that Mark your calendar— are recovery from illness or surgery. Compass Group PPRC Meeting Betty Hawblitz
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101 Auxiliary Drive
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Neil and Helen Shellhammer
Ruffing Care Center
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22 Clinton St
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Monday, September 24, 2012, 7-9 p.m. Attica UMC Hosts Light Refreshments
2012 Church Conference Sunday, November 18, 3-5 p.m. Attica UMC Hosts Light Refreshments
Recipe of the Month
September Birthdays and Anniversary’s September 8
½ C. Regular Crisco
½ tsp. vanilla
CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER BARS submitted by Denise Gillett
Crust: ½ C. Butter or Butter Crisco 2 eggs
½ C. sugar ½ tsp. baking soda 1 C. brown sugar ½ tsp salt 2 ½ c. flour Chocolate chips Chopped peanuts Cream together shortening and sugars. Then add eggs and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. (as many as you like, I used dry roasted, lightly salted peanuts) Pat cookie mixture into cookie sheet (lightly greased) and bake at 350 degrees for approx. 25 minutes or until golden brown. Frosting: 8 oz cream cheese 1 stick butter 1 tsp. vanilla Powdered sugar ½ - 2/3 c. peanut butter (3-5 cups) Mix all ingredients together well. Then frost cooled cookie crust. Chocolate Drizzle: ½ C. chocolate chips 4 Tbsp. butter Put chips and butter into microwave safe bowl and heat for about 1 minute. Stir vigorously until mixed. Immediately drizzle over frosting.. You can sprinkle more chopped peanuts on top if you wish. The chocolate drizzle will set up better if placed in the frig for several minutes. Walking together through grief; learning to live again. Are you suffering a loss of a family member or someone close to you? You are welcome to gather together with neighbors, friends and family who are grieving personal loss; and need the care, encouragement, and support of our faith community.
Mary Brook’s Home, 107 N. Woodwind Dr, Attica, OH
If you have any questions please contact Pastor Michael. 567-224-3972
Anniversary’s September 2
Gail & Linda Aumend
Marvin @ Cathy Bogner
Fall 2012 Music Series Jam n’ Bread Featuring…
Small Town Singers Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:30 p.m.—The Bread, Italian Dinner 6:00 p.m.—The Jam: Concert by Small Town Singer out of Willard Please bring a can or boxed food for the Food Pantry if you feel so moved.
Attica Fair Pie Eating Contest Rick Gillett gets hit first by Steve Bridgford who also beamed Jamie Beamer.
Pastor Michael got enough pie on his face all by himself.
Steve Bridgford, maroon shirt, finally gets hit with a pie by the new athletic director SEHS, Frank Spiegel.
and their own church members keep have kept this going
by Marilyn Hornett
tions but also food donations from places such as Kroger
all these years. Not only do they receive monetary dona-
On Saturday August 25
several ladies from our church and Molyets. Sometimes a large event is held and foods traveled to Tiffin to help with the sharing kitchen. Unfortu- not used are donated. nately I wasn’t able to be there until it was time to leave. I wasn’t much help as all I did was put away some silverware and wipe down the front of some of the cabinets. We were shorthanded this time but as the lady I spoke with later said. “Things always seem to work out”.
It is not unusual to serve as many as 600 people in any given month. What a great success this turned out to be. Hats off to the ladies of St. Paul’s UMC. I will definitely be a part of this in the future. Thank you to our own volunteers this time.
Shirley Smith was in charge this particular Saturday. I wasn’t really sure what the sharing kitchen was all about so I asked Shirley if I could call her to gain a better understanding of what this ministry was all about. She pleasantly agreed. This is what I found out. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church felt a real need to help feed the hungry in Tiffin about 25 years ago. Unemployment was at an all time high, a lot like today. People were struggling and the Methodist ladies came up with an idea to serve lunches to those in need. They were downtown, a good location and were pretty sure they could enlist help from volunteers. After going through all the channels they were approved to go ahead. Shirley told me they prepare lunches every Monday and
Mel Austin and Linda Aumend help in the Sharing Kitchen
Thursday and the 4 Saturday of each month. Volunteers from local and out of town churches, civic organizations
Reflecting on our Faith There are two kinds of believing, and both are essential for Christian life. They’re closely related and influence each other, but they’re different. One is belief and the other, beliefs. One is faith and the other, doctrine or theology.
volves trusting, believing, following, hoping. others in the Christian community about the good news of God’s love in Christ.
Theology Theology or doctrine is more a matter of the head. It’s thinking together in the community of believers about faith and discipleship. It’s reflecting on the gospel. It’s examining the various beliefs we hold as a church. Some may say that theology is only for professional theologians. This is not true. All of us, young and old, lay and clergy, need to work at this theological task so that our beliefs will actually guide our day-by-day actions and so that we can communicate our belief to an unbelieving world. Excerpt from United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised by George Koehler (Discipleship Resources, 2006), pp. 61.
Faith is the basic orientation and commitment of our whole being—a matter of heart and soul. Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus Christ. It’s both a gift we receive within the Christian community and a choice we make. It’s trusting in God and relying on God as the source and destiny of our lives. Faith is believing in God, giving God our devoted loyalty and allegiance. Faith is following Jesus, answering the call to be his disciples in the world. Faith is hoping for God’s future, leaning Our Theological Journey into the coming kingdom that God has Theology is thinking together about our promised. Faith-as-belief is active; it infaith and discipleship. It’s reflecting with
Both laypeople and clergy are needed in “our theological task.” The laypeople bring understandings from their ongoing effort to live as Christians in the complexities of a secular world; clergy bring special tools and experience acquired through intensive biblical and theological study. We need one another. But how shall we go about our theological task so that our beliefs are true to the gospel and helpful in our lives? In John Wesley’s balanced and rigorous ways for thinking through Christian doctrine, we find four major sources or criteria, each interrelated. These we often call our “theological guidelines”: Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. (See The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2008, pp. 76-83.)
Our Youth at Seneca East High School football game on Friday, August 31st.
Adam Hall, above, leaps for a pass in the end zone. Katie Hall, above left, and Evan Niedermier, right, march with the junior and senior high marching bands.
Jacob Render marches with the high school band.
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Sunday Worship Service 9:15 a.m. Praise Music 9:30 a.m. Worship Begins Children’s Church 9:45 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m. Bible Study, Wednesday’s at 5:30 p.m. (At the School of the Book—house)
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